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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire May Have Just Found One Of Its New Cast Members

Real Or Not Real?

Fans and reporters alike have been speculating for weeks on who would be cast in the new character roles for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Of specific interest is the role of Finnick Odair. Well I’m sorry, but he’s still not cast. However, another might just be. Word is actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been hired. Can you guess who he’ll play? 

The Oscar winner has been asked to play Plutarch Heavensbee, the Gamemaker of the next Hunger Games tournament, and a very important character as those of you who’ve read the Suzanne Collins novels know. Spoilers sort of? Plutarch takes over the job from Seneca Crane who was executed for allowing both Katniss and Peeta to win the games. Something that wasn’t made explicitly clear in the film.

Plutarch was technically meant to be in the first Hunger Games film (he would have been the one to fall over in his chair after Katniss shot the arrow at the apple in training) but didn’t make the cut. Either way, the role is an important one and certainly bigger than the previous Gamemaker.

Hoffman has been working on Broadway recently and although Lionsgate had no comment, Entertainment Weekly sites several sources for the casting news including Deadline and Variety. Still no word on who will take on Finnick though and producer Nina Jacobson was just telling us to calm down about these casting rumors. I’d say this one is a great choice though and I hope it’s legit.

Director Francis Lawrence is due to begin shooting later this year along with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.

(via Entertainment Weekly)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."